Nadar, "Self Portrait, Posed in a Balloon Basket," 1862.  Albumen print carte-de-visite.  SBMA, Museum purchase, 19th century Art Acquisition Fund.

Crosscurrents: American and European Portrait Photographs, 1840-1900

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, California

Assembling striking works from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s distinguished collection, this exhibition reveals how photographic portraiture blossomed in the later six decades of the 19th century. Originally intended to mimic the genre of portrait painting, by 1900 portrait photography had evolved to emphasize many unique and intriguing technical properties of the medium itself, with photographers persuasively arguing for photography’s status as an art form in its own right. Some of the most successful commercial photographers were trained in the fine arts, including Nadar, Roger Fenton, and Henry Collen. In fact, the cachet of early portrait photography stemmed largely from its ability to replicate the colorful effects, dignified poses, and lavish surroundings of painted portraits. As the decades unfolded and technical processes expanded, artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Steichen began to embrace a range of medium-specific possibilities, experimenting with exposure times, darkroom manipulation and even narrative allusions. Rather than constituting a freestanding genre, then, portrait photography was nourished by a constantly evolving relationship with its painted predecessor. From captivating hybrid works dating from just after the birth of photography in the late 1830s to artful Pictorialist expressions at the dawn of the 20th century, this exhibition presents a remarkable opportunity to see nearly 100 works of photographic art rarely on view, and attests to the endless fascination of the human face and form in art and in life.

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Tintype, Essex Road 5
  • December 13, 2018 - January 19, 2019
  • London, United Kingdom
FAPG 20618D/2.1 Attributed to John (1777–1851) and Hugh (1781–1831) Finlay, Baltimore (active about 1800/01–30) Painted Black and Gilded “Fancy” Side Chair, about 1830 Poplar, painted and gilded, with die-stamped gilt-brass rosettes, caning, and original red moreen fabric [beneath replacement fabric on rondel] 33 3/4 in.  high, 18 5/8 in.  wide, 23 3/4 in.  deep overall
  • December 13, 2018 - February 6, 2019
  • New York, New York

Augmenting the Canon: Recent Acquisitions of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts

Hirschl & Adler Galleries

The Fuller Building
41 East 57th Street, 9th Floor
New York, New York

http://www.hirschlandadler.com/

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Photo credit: Photo by Bob Leitch
  • December 15-23, 2018
  • Wilmington, Delaware

Yuletide Breakfast with Santa

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, Delaware

https://www.winterthur.org/visit/dining/monthly-specials-2/

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  • December 16, 2018
  • Chicago, Illinois

MADE

Amdur Productions

Chicago’s Morgan Manufacturing
401 N. Morgan St.
Chicago, Illinois

http://amdurproductions.com/

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Photo credit: Alessandra Nicole and Kevin McCabe
  • December 19, 2018
  • Wilmington, Delaware

Yuletide Jazz & Wine

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, Delaware

http://www.winterthur.org/exhibitions-events/yuletide/yuletide-jazz-wine/

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  • December 26-28, 2018
  • Katonah, New York

School's Out/Art's In

Katonah Museum of Art

The Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, New York

http://www.katonahmuseum.org/programs-and-events/schooloutartin2018/

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The We In You Is The Nation Calling, Nelson Stevens, Poster, ASC82.001.078
  • January 12 - August 31, 2019
  • Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Era of Activism

Art & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
701 South Main Street
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

https://www.asc701.org/upcoming/2019/1/1/era-of-activism

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Chinese Export Porcelain Large Punch Bowl, Circa 1780.
  • January 16-20, 2019
  • New York, New York

The New York Antique Ceramics Fair is Back in January 2019

The Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, New York

https://nyceramicsfair.com/

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Featured Event

Mary Stevens Fish’s 1879 painting, “Yosemite,” will be on exhibit in “Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960” at the Pasadena Museum of History Sept.  29-March 31.  (Photo courtesy of Maurine St.  Gaudens and Joseph Morsman).
Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960
Pasadena History Museum
September 29, 2018 - March 31, 2019
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